May 1, 2010

Buckeye commit puts in work at NIKE Camp

The 2010 Nike Camp in Columbus (Ohio) was short on Ohio State commitments but it did not slow down Akron Firestone offensive lineman Tommy Brown from making the trip down to compete against many of the Midwest's top talents.

The 6-foot-5, 332-pounder had an up-and-down day in his offensive/defensive line drills looking good on the outside while he did have a little trouble inside on the line. But all-in-all it was a very positive experience for the class of 2011 star and well worth the time investment.

"It was a good camp," Brown said. "Being able to come out here and working hard and competing against other good athletes."

Brown has never been one to shy away a challenge and he was challenged plenty on Saturday afternoon. Competition will be fierce during his senior year and things will only get exponentially more difficult as his career continues to develop.

"Just the competition... there is a lot of great competition out here and you just have to adjust to it and do the right thing," Brown said.

Brown has been taken under the wing of Ohio State offensive line great LeCharles Bentley and the mentoring process of the former NFL'er has meant the world to Tommy Brown during his recruitment and overall development as a player and a young man.

"I met him actually met him my freshman year of high school," Brown said. "I came up here for my first visit and met him. From there we just clicked."

And what part of Bentley's advice stuck out the most to Brown?

"He just told me to try and enjoy the recruiting process as much as possible and wherever I feel like I am at home to just commit," Brown said.

Brown felt at home Easter weekend and ended the process picking Ohio State over the likes of Michigan State, West Virginia and Toledo among others. On Saturday Brown had a chance to spend time on his future college destination and it felt good to Brown.

"It feels great," Brown said. "I am at home here so I am really happy."

The Ohio State offensive line class already started to come together with four in the fold including Chris Carter, Antonio Underwood and Brian Bobek. Has Brown had a chance to start talking more with his fellow commits?

"I have all of their phone numbers and we just bond so we are all good," Brown said.

Brown plans on graduating high school early and knows all about the benefits of getting to college early.

"I will get to come into college and learn the ropes and be ready for the fall," Brown said.

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